International Criminalization of Internal Atrocities*

Theodor Meron

in War Crimes Law Comes of Age

Published in print January 1999 | ISBN: 9780198268567
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683534 | DOI:
International Criminalization of Internal Atrocities*

Show Summary Details


Recent atrocities in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda shocked the conscience of people everywhere, triggering, within a short span of time, several major legal developments: the promulgation by the Security Council, acting under chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, of the Statutes of the international criminal tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, and the adoption by the International Law Commission of a treaty-based statute for an international criminal court. These developments warrant a fresh examination of the present state and future direction of the criminal aspects of international humanitarian law applicable to noninternational armed conflicts, which is the focus of this chapter. It argues for a uniform and definite corpus of international humanitarian law that can be applied apolitically to internal atrocities everywhere, and that recognizes the role of all states in the vindication of such law.

Keywords: humanitarian law; war crimes; armed conflicts

Chapter.  16791 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.